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    I am now in possession of 2 flex shaft tools and one dremel. What would you recommend for a basic set of power rasps and bits? And where would you get them from?

    I have about 50$ to spend. Already have plenty of sanding drums and cones. I'm thinking of rasps and good quality bits that would be the most useful.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
    Carving since 2017

  • #2
    I found that saburrtooth are might fine but mighty pricy
    . . .JoeB


    • #3
      I'll check into them. For now, i was thinking about this set:

      Carving since 2017


      • #4
        Carbide burrs are Ok....but I do not use them much. At first, they are sharp,....but lose the cutting edge rather fast. Without a way to sharpen them successfully, they become throw away. Get Kutzall or Saburr tooth bits...they are expensive but they last. You can sand out to a finish. This is a basic saburr set coarse or fine....90 dollars but the extra 40 dollars are ten times better because of the lasting quality then what you're looking least in my opinion. Kutzall is cheaper and somewhat comparable....I have both kinds and use both of them major. These are the only shapes I use so you do not need bigger better sets. Only when I carve large statues I will use other shapes and only use Saburr bits. If you have to stick to the budget get the second (cone), third (invert cone) and forth (flame) bit

        Last edited by Dileon; 08-11-2019, 12:15 PM.


        • #5
          I guess it depends on what/how you carve. I use the 1st, 4th, and 6th the most. Mine are Kutzall brand in coarse and fine. I bought some of mine at ant others at

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          • #6
            Thanks all for the advice. I ordered a coarse tapered cone shape rasp style, a carbide monster bit medium, and a diamond fine set just to get started. I'll try these while I save some cash. After reading thru 105 pages of posts I see where a set would be pointless.
            Ordered from Woodcarvers Supply.
            Last edited by Unclescott; 08-11-2019, 03:56 PM.
            Carving since 2017


            • #7
              I do believe it kind of depends on what kind of carving your doing. For me, one of my most used bit is marked with the red arrow from

              I have 3 of these and have yet to wear one out. $21.60

              I also got a cheap set $6.95 from

              I've used these on wood but mostly in my bodyshop on metal. I've found the double cut to be much better than the single cut on both metal and wood.


              Kutzal's are great too for fast removal in various sizes, I find the flame point shapes to be my most used bits.

              Hope that is of some help. ~Mike

              Last edited by autobodyman; 08-12-2019, 04:34 AM.


              • #8
                Diamond bits order from amazon ....from China are super cheap. I have these and use them a lot. For 15 dollars can not beat it!613KF9hCcLL._SL1000_.jpg


                • #9
                  I found the shafts were not consistent, had some problems when mounting into the powerheads, but diamond burrs are a great power tools
                  . . .JoeB


                  • #10
                    Looks like you have some great ideas already put forth. I can only agree with what has been offered. Go for a selection of typhoon style burrs, in various grits (coarse, medium and fine) and then diamond burrs the same (coarse, medium and fine) That should give you a good range of burrs to achieve some great results. Myself, I seldom use the steel/carbide cutters, I seem to have better results with the Typhoons. Best of luck and enjoy.

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                    • #11
                      It really depends on what you're doing. I love my Typhoon burrs. I have quite a few of the red (coarse) and blue ("fine," but don't fool yourself, they're aggressive) burrs. I've carved hundreds of my "comfort birds," as well as countless other things using one particular Typhoon I bought with my Foredom eight years ago. And I'm carving hard woods: mesquite, purpleheart, all kinds of rosewood, Arizona desert ironwood, etc. The thing just stays sharp.

                      I have a set of diamond burrs similar to what Dileon posted, although I think I got the "fine" set. They don't remove wood very fast. And I have problems with them getting clogged. Probably because I'm running them too fast. I'll have to look into getting a coarser set.

                      For sanding, I stopped using those sanding drums. I bought a cushion sander. It does a better job, although changing out the sandpaper is kind of fiddly.

                      And, yeah, save your money and buy the individual burrs you need. $15 on a set of diamond burrs is fine, but I wouldn't buy a full set of the Kutzall or whatever. Start with what you have, and then pick up new burrs as you need them.



                      • #12
                        Goofy question...could you run the carbide cutting burrs in REVERSE over some emery paper and wouldn't that sharpen them? Kind of like stropping your knife?


                        • #13
                          I've done that, and it seems to help. A gentle pressure
                          . . .JoeB


                          • #14
                            Would it be fair to say that power carving bits are mainly for hardwood or difficult to cut by hand woods? I have received my bits and tried them on a couple of basswood blocks so far. Lots of fuzzies. I think I need a couple more shapes in both fine and coarse. So far I can see a use for detail I can't otherwise do yet, but for now most of my carving will be done with knives and chisels.


                            • #15
                              Try to change your speed and see what happens, I have all three grits of the saburrtooth & three different grits of the diamond burrs. I find that what works on one piece of wood wouldn't on the next piece, each piece can have a different personality. I've always found that sandpaper to be a great friend at the end
                              . . .JoeB